February 7, 2007

Sunflower letdown

LAWRENCE -- A night that promised to be different turned out to simply be more of the same. Kansas State, who entered its game at Kansas winners of seven straight and tied with the Jayhawks for second place in the Big 12 Conference, was looking for a second consecutive win in Lawrence after stunning KU in Allen Fieldhouse last season. Instead of making a Sunflower statement, however, K-State fell to the Jayhawks for the 33rd time in 34 meetings.

KU (20-4, 7-2) cruised to a 97-70 victory thanks in large part to big runs to open each half. The Jayhawks raced out to a 15-2 lead less than six minutes into the game before the Wildcats (17-7, 6-3) eventually battled back cut the deficit to as little as five points with 4:33 left before the break on a Jermaine Maybank basket.

Coach Bill Self's team quickly responded and used a 13-3 run late in the opening period to stretch its lead back to 12 by halftime.

Kansas then essentially put the game away in the first four minutes of the second half, scoring the first 10 points after the break to claim a 22-point lead with more than 16 minutes still left to play on the way to its biggest win over K-State since 2002.

Cartier Martin put it simply, "we didn't play well at all."

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